UGANDA: Police stops Bobi Wine from holding ‘People Power’ meetings.

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Police have said they could not allow Robert Kyagulanyi’s Monday, February 24, 2020, presidential consultative meeting in Kampala because he did not fulfill all conditions as per the law.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye said whereas the Kyadondo East legislator together with security agencies and the Electoral Commission had agreed on a 10-point strategy to be followed, the presidential hopeful did not write to the Force, confirming that he would stick to them.

“These strategies have not been submitted to police. On January 31 and February 18, 2020, the director operations wrote to remind honorable Kyagulanyi to submit these proposals but this has not been done,” Namaye said.

“The police therefore still awaits the assurance that there shall be an effort to respect law and order by abiding with agreed-upon strategies in order to embark on the team’s consultative meeting schedule,” she added.

Bobi Wine was forced to cancel his consultative meeting scheduled to take place at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Ndeeba, a Kampala, after police surrounded it and blocked any entrants.

On January 6, police arrested Bobi Wine as he attempted to hold his first consultative meeting in Kasangati that was deemed unlawful for not fulfilling all the required conditions under the Public Order Management Act.

Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 (1), (2) and (3) states: “An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within 12 months before nomination date. While consulting, a presidential aspirant may carry out nationwide consultations, prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials, raise funds for his or her campaign through lawful means and convene meetings of national delegates.”

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